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She was a favored wife, Hassa bint Ahmad al Sudairi, mother of Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, twenty-third son of King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, first monarch of Saudi Arabia.

Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Saudi Arabia, stood next to the throne held by his half-brother Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud who was born of Fahda bint al Asi al Shuraim who was the eighth wife of King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, whose first child from her marriage to King Abdul Aziz was Abdullah, as well as daughters Nuf and Seeta, half-sisters to Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

Nayef bin Abdulaziz was one of eleven children born to Hassa bint Ahmad al Sudairi by King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia, seven sons, four daughters. Nayef was predeceased by two of his full-brothers and one of his full-sisters but, as far as it is know, three of his full-sisters still live, Latifa bint Abdulaziz, Al Jawhara bint Abdulaziz, Jawaher bint Abdulaziz; his oldest full-sister Luluwah bint Abdulaziz died in 2008.

I do not know how many half-sisters there are for Nayef bin Abdulaziz, but he was one of the forty-five sons of King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia by various wives. I do not know if the children of concubines are counted as real children.

Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as far as it is known, had three wives. Wife Number One was Noura Alfarraj Alsubaie, producing one chilld, Jawahir, wife of late King Fahd's son, Mohammed bin Fahd. Nayef divorced Noura. Wife Number Two and present widow is still, as far as we know, Al Jawhara bint Abd al Aziz bin Musaid Al Jiluwi, productive of children Muhammad, Noura, Saud and Sara. Wife Number Three was Maha bint Mohammed bin Ahmad al Sudairi, mother of Nouf, Nawwaf, Mishail, Hayfa and Fahd. A divorce resulted, presumably because Maha bint Mohammed bin Ahmad al Sudain was a spendthrift with an extensive staff of 60 personnel and a tendency to not pay for stuff.

Nayef bin Abdulaziz reportedly was suffering from diabetes mellitus and osteoporosis and cancer. He died, it is true, on Saturday, June 16, 2012, reportedly in Geneva, Switzerland. at the age of 77 or 78, possibly.

Nayef bin Abdulaziz headed the Ministerial Committee on Morality, although in 2001 he supported a move to issue women with their own identity cards, a decision which gave women more freedom in many financial and legal transactions. He was opposed to women drivers, it is to be presumed he opposed the physical disclosure of women in Saudi Arabia as well.

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  •  Sorry... (1+ / 0-)
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    MKSinSA

    What is your point here?

    Saudi monarchy corrupt?

    Saudi royal morality and what purportedly supports it?

    I do not know how many half-sisters there are for Nayef bin Abdulaziz, but he was one of the forty-five sons of King Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia by various wives. I do not know if the children of concubines are counted as real children.
    Morning?

    This?

    He was opposed to women drivers, it is to be presumed he opposed the physical disclosure of women in Saudi Arabia as well.
    How about an update?

    Somebody said Party! I got excited. I love Parties! Especially Parties with exclamation marks! Now I'm sad because there's not a Party! h/t AnnetteK ;-)

    by EdMass on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 12:41:05 PM PDT

    •  Women... (5+ / 0-)
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      I made a point of listing the women in the life of Nayef bin Abdulaziz because of the oppressed situation of women in Saudi Arabia. I was delighted to lean that at least they were named, that they had names.

      •  And why are women oppressed? (0+ / 0-)

        Not an indictment.  A question.

        Somebody said Party! I got excited. I love Parties! Especially Parties with exclamation marks! Now I'm sad because there's not a Party! h/t AnnetteK ;-)

        by EdMass on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 12:47:19 PM PDT

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        •  Wahhabi Islam (0+ / 0-)

          And misinterpreting the teachings of the Prophet.

          When Mohammed wrote the Koran, his views on women were far more advanced than Christianity of that time. I would consider Mohammed to be a person who looks forward rather than backward and I think had he lived a thousand years, he would revise the Koran according to the tenor of the times.

      •  Ok, been 2 hours, no response, how about this? (0+ / 0-)

        Yes.  You are absolutely correct.  Saudi oppresses women.  

        Yes, though not stated explicitly, Saudi Royals have oppressed women for forever and continue to do so.

        Also, not stated, there are multiple efforts around the globe to oppress and suppress women.  You know what that this site has done and continues to do to decry the "War Against Women".  It's primarily fostered from the religious sects (Catholics, Evangenicals, etc).

        What you will not say is that in Saudi it is the sect of Wahhabi with its influence and coercion with the ruling family that has suppressed and oppressed women.  Their influence extends beyond their borders. But you know that.

        I would expect the inclusion of the Wahhabi in the list of religious oppressors of women that are decried on the FP -- but I doubt it will happen.  

        There, I said it.

        How about you?

        Somebody said Party! I got excited. I love Parties! Especially Parties with exclamation marks! Now I'm sad because there's not a Party! h/t AnnetteK ;-)

        by EdMass on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 02:50:19 PM PDT

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  •  because the Saudi Kingdom adheres to a very (1+ / 0-)
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    conservative version of Islam.

    Many centuries and countries have seen much more enlightened treatment of women since the religion was founded, but there is also a very strong strain of extreme conservatism that is dominant in much of the world today.

    Islam was once a beacon of science and technology, the arts and literature, etc., during which historic period it preserved much of the Classic period knowledge that was later the foundation of the Western European "Rennaisance".

    As I recall from my college Religions of the World class (many years ago), the Prophet himself was quite effective in improving the lot of women, legally and socially.

    This is why today we see some liberal Islamic countries much more westernized than others, Turkey, Iran between the Shah and Khomeini, and the attempted Reforms of Moussavi, for instance. But mostly more conservative countries such as Yemen, Saudi Arabia, etc. Many Islamic countries have both liberal and conservative communities.

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 02:41:46 PM PDT

    •  I mostly agree (0+ / 0-)

      But, Turkey and Iran are included in

      liberal Islamic countries
      Iran?
      Iran between the Shah and Khomeini
      -- that lasted about 5 minutes.  

      Turkey has been reverting since the election of Abdullah Gul with help from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

      Turkey: president can serve 7-year term

      ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey's top court ruled Friday that President Abdullah Gul can finish his seven-year term in office, then stand for re-election.

      In 2007, Parliament elected Gul for one-time term as president, but a few months later Turkey enacted constitutional changes that allowed the election of presidents in popular votes for a five-year term.

      umm, the others today would be?

      Somebody said Party! I got excited. I love Parties! Especially Parties with exclamation marks! Now I'm sad because there's not a Party! h/t AnnetteK ;-)

      by EdMass on Sat Jun 16, 2012 at 03:06:23 PM PDT

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